Dyana P. Mason

Assistant Professor of Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon
Chapter Member: Oregon SSN

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Mason’s research interests include nonprofit management and governance, the organization and formation of interest/advocacy organizations, leadership in advocacy organizations, charitable giving and experimental research on collective action and fundraising activities.


"Measuring Agency Attributes with Attitudes across Time: A Method and Examples Using Large-Scale Federal Surveys" (with Anthony M. Bertelli, David Gastwirth, and Jennifer Connolly). Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (online-first article, 2013).
"Strategy and Ideology in Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations," PhD Dissertation, University of Southern California, 2014.
Provides a new perspective on leadership in nonprofit advocacy organizations, and traces the ways in which a leader’s personal preferences can influence the organization’s strategic choices, and can ultimately influence public policy.
"Politics, Management and the Allocation of Arts Funding: Evidence from Public Support for the Arts in the United Kingdom" (with Anthony M. Bertelli, Jennifer Connolly, and Lillian Conover). International Journal of Cultural Policy 20, no. 3 (2014): 341-359.
Uses data on grants offered to artists and arts organizations in the United Kingdom to measure the effect of politics and performance on grant distribution, finding that party politics can have an effect on the distribution of arts funding.
"Putting Charity to the Test: A Case for Field Experiments on Giving Time and Money in the Nonprofit Sector" Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 42, no. 1 (2012): 193-202.
Calls for the increased use of randomized, controlled field experiments to test leading theories of charity and volunteerism in the nonprofit sector, and provides a good review of the literature on altruism and charitable giving as well.